Cookout at the International House

April 19, 2012
Nay Min Oo '12

guests gatheredOn Wednesday, March 28, the International Club and the Minority Student Union (MSU) held a cookout at the International House to celebrate Greek Week. This event was also to celebrate diversity at Hampden-Sydney College and to bring members of the two clubs together. The idea was originally proposed by Dean Mladen Cvijanovic, Assistant Dean of Students for Intercultural Affairs and New Student Orientation, and his advice was happily accepted by the presidents of both clubs. More than fifty members from both clubs attended the cookout.

preparing food The cookout began at 6PM, and good food knows no boundaries. While the Minority Student Union provided classic American food, grilled hotdogs and cheese burgers, to the guests, the International Club served its ethnic specialties: Burmese Chicken Curries, Spicy Stir-fried Chicken, Russian Potato Salad (Olivier Salad), Teriyaki Chicken Wings, and Fried Rice. Not only did the members enjoy both classic American food and international cuisines, the two organizations were also able to create a closer relation.

The International Club, which was founded to enrich and cultivate a sense of cultural diversity within the Hampden-Sydney community, held its annual election to choose the new executive team for the 2012-2013 Academic Year.  They are:

President: Yonathan Tarekegne '13 (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Vice-President: Michael Gubbins '14 (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Treasurer: Phyo Thu Win '14 (Rangoon, Burma)
Secretary: Eddie Park '15 (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Public Relations Officer: Robinson Sagar '15 (New Delhi, India)
Web-Master: Davonte Bradley '14 (Norcross, Georgia)
Philanthropic Chair: Aleksandar Obradovic '14 (Belgrade, Serbia)

International Club MembersOne of the goals of the HSC 20/20 Strategic Plan is to build and retain a more diverse, civil, and engaged college community. The MSU and International Club, two of the most active organizations on campus, have been serving an important role in promoting diversity at Hampden-Sydney College. Beginning with this cook-out, we look forward to establishing a brotherhood between the two organizations in order to serve the campus community in the future.